(noun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition)


1. (obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.

- the gainest way

2. (obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.

3. (dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.

4. (dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.


1. (obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means.

2. (dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.

3. (dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.

- gain quiet (= fairly/pretty quiet)


1. a quantity that is added

- they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks

Similar word(s): addition, increase

Definition categories: quantity

2. the advantageous quality of being beneficial

Similar word(s): profit

Definition categories: attribute, advantage, vantage

3. the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

Similar word(s): amplification

Definition categories: attribute, increase, increment

4. the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

Definition categories: possession, amount, sum

Sentences with gain as a noun:

- No pain, no gain.


1. (obsolete) Against.


1. obtain

Similar word(s): derive

Definition categories: possession, obtain

2. win something through one's efforts

- Gain an understanding of international finance

Similar word(s): acquire, win

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

3. derive a benefit from

Similar word(s): benefit, profit

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

4. reach a destination, either real or abstract

Similar word(s): attain, hit, make, reach

Definition categories: motion

5. obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

- The home team was gaining ground

Similar word(s): advance, win

Definition categories: competition

6. rise in rate or price

- The stock market gained 24 points today

Similar word(s): advance

Definition categories: change, climb, mount, rise, wax

7. increase or develop

- the peace movement gained momentum

Similar word(s): gather

Definition categories: change, increase

8. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

Similar word(s): clear, earn, make, realise, realize

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

9. increase (one's body weight)

- She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising

Definition categories: body, turn

Sentences with gain as a verb:

- Looks like you've gained a new friend.

- The sick man gains daily.

- to gain a battle; to gain a case at law

- I'm gaining (on you).

- gain ground

- to gain the top of a mountain

- I've been gaining.